Somewhere on this thread earlier, I have posted my opinion on Michelin XM1+. I ran those tires for about 45000 kms -10,000 kms on highways and rest in City of Potholes a.k.a Mumbai. Let me reiterate my findings: I had to drive through pure gravel (yes, not even roads!) for over 500 kms AT A STRETCH and basically a lot of rural (if there is a category below SH, think of that!) roads. This was on a road trip of 3000 kms over 10 days covering interiors of MH and KA. Result - just 1 puncture. All along that road, I saw many cars stranded due to *multiple* punctures. The roadside tire-wallah was amazed how I came out with just one! My experience with Bridgestone and Goodyear are nothing to write home about. I had the tubed version of GY on my Getz and tubeless of BS on NHC. Both suffered so many punctures in their respective 30-40k kms of running that I stopped keeping count. I can tell you this entire debate of soft sidewalls is just a (negative) marketing gimmick. Like I said earlier, a lot depends on your driving style and how careful are you about the tires. Be it Michelins or Goodyear or Continental. If you ignore regular rotation, balancing, alignment, proper air pressure and basically want to race over potholes, even MRFs would burst their sidewalls. And it won't take bad roads to do that. I can confidently tell you it can happen in city as well - easily. At the end of the day, all tires are made of rubber right? You abuse and it shall reciprocate! As another member said, if you are looking to move up the quality ladder (in terms of silent tires, good grip, *no effect* on steering as you wish etc.) and willing to pay a price, Michelins and Yoko are your choices.